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Cline wins 6th District Republican primary

Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 7:33 PM EDT
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FINCASTLE, Va. (WDBJ) - According to the Associated Press, Congressman Ben Cline has won the 6th District Republican primary in Virginia in a bid to keep his seat, beating challenger Merritt Hale.

Cline released the following statement on his victory through his campaign office:

“I am so grateful to the Republican voters of Virginia’s Sixth District who have asked me to continue fighting for life, liberty, and the Constitution as their nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives this November. I want to thank the many volunteers who made calls, knocked doors, and worked polling locations for my campaign today.

I look forward to continuing our campaign in the months ahead as we discuss the issues that matter most to voters and how we can work together to find real solutions to the challenges we face as a Nation.”

Congressman Cline adds that this victory is encouraging, saying voters back his actions.

“I think that they see me as a fighter who is standing up to Joe Biden, who is standing up to Nancy Pelosi,” he begins. When it comes to the boarder, we need a secure boarder. When it comes to inflation, we need to tame inflation through energy independence. We need to bring down gas prices I’m up here fighting every day for these policies, and I think it resonated with the voters.”

Cline says he is keeping his neighbors in Southwest Virginia in mind with the work he is planning in Washington.

“The very first thing we need to do is improve domestic production of oil and natural gas which will increase supply globally, help bring down gas prices, it will help in manufacturing costs, agriculture input costs, family costs and their budget, you name it, it will help. We can tame inflation if we can once again become energy independent and that’s one of my top priorities if voters choose to send me back to send me back for another two years in November.

Opposing him for his seat is a familiar challenger, Democrat Jennifer Lewis, who went unchallenged in this primary election.

“I ran against her four years ago,” he remembers. “Her policies haven’t changed. If we can elect a Republican majority and retire Nancy Pelosi, we’ll get started on a conservative agenda that will benefit the people of the Shenandoah Valley.”

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